By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Emir of Zazzau, Malam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, has called for a state of emergency on education in Zazzau Emirate as a robust approach to strengthening learning and skills acquisition in the area.
He made the declaration at the public presentation of four books and celebration of excellence of former Director-General, National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Aminu-Ladan Sharehu, as Professor of Public Administration .
He noted that all is not well with education in Zazzau Emirate, following the backwardness recorded in education in recent years.
Bamalli who applauded the efforts of both federal and state governments in providing infrastructural development to the educational sector, urged illustrious sons of the emirate to complement the efforts.
He said, the emirate is the Centre of Academic Excellence in the region as it is the seat of the famous Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and numerous academic institutions.
The emir therefore, expressed concerns over how the emirate is left far behind in terms of catchment requirements and admission, especially at the university.
Bamalli said the emirate is the largest in Northern Nigeria in terms of landmass and lamented that many students and pupils are not attending schools for over a year due to insecurity.
He called for collaborative efforts to enhance education in the area and urged wealthy individuals to build schools, to boost education in the area as government cannot do it alone.
It would be recalled that the books unveiled during the public presentation were, “Managing National Integration as Catalyst for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Policies, Programmes and Stretegies” amongst others.
While reviewing the book titled, “A legacy of Excellence” Dr. Hafsat Kontagora, Director, Academic Services, NTI Kaduna, said the book contains practical theories of education, leadership and governance.
She added that it also showcases some rudiments of governance at the apex leadership and some recorded achievements by past administrations.
The former Director-General, NTI Kaduna, and the celebrant, Prof. Aminu Ladan Sharehu the Matawallen Zazzau, said the money realised from the public presentation would be donated to the schools within the emirate.
He stressed the need for functional education among the upcoming generation to suit the global challenges on education.
Prof. Sherehu said the journey to the professorial position was not easy, urging the academia to brace up and come on with lasting solutions to leadership deficit in the country.